The Druid’s Rock and it’s sister pub, the Druid’s Den, have both been popular haunts of Rome’s ex-pat population for many years, serving up beer to thirsty locals and tourists in the old-fashioned Irish tradition, whereby patrons are served only at the bar and pay upon ordering.
Located on Piazza Esquilino with a view of Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore just across the road, this large pub has a large outdoor section which tends to fill up quite quickly since the smoking ban. Live music is a regular occurrence, as is the occasional celebrity visit, as a shrine on the wall to Russel Crowe can testify.
Guinness is of course served, along with a decent selection of Italian beers - which aren’t as bad as one might presume and are considerably cheaper! Try the award-winning Menabrea! Part of a cluster of Irish bars in the area, ‘the Rock’ is open till around 2 am and thanks to its central location its usually pretty easy to stagger back to the hotel!